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Amazon's leaked pricing holds up

Last week, Amazon.com leaked pricing for Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista operating system. Today, Microsoft has updated its Windows Vista site with official pricing for the various versions of the operating system. Not surprisingly, Amazon's figures were right on the money (prices listed as full/upgrade):

  • Windows Vista Home Basic, $199/$99.95
  • Windows Vista Home Premium, $239/$159
  • Windows Vista Business, $299/$199
  • Windows Vista Ultimate, $399/$259

Microsoft didn't elaborate on Amazon's suggested ship date of January 30, but simply stated that volume license customers would receive the OS in November while general public availability will be in January of 2007.

On Friday, Microsoft released Windows Vista RC1 to testers. Microsoft announced today that it would be expanding the availability of RC1 this week with the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP). When all is said and done, Windows Vista RC1 will have been made available to over 5 million customers worldwide.



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RE: Rip off prices!
By OvErHeAtInG on 9/5/2006 5:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
22 cents a day is quite a lot if you ask me... Given the fact that if you want the media capabilities and the ability to log on to a domain, you have to get Ultimate, that's very steep. I paid $140 for XP Pro, and now it's twice that just to maintain the feature set! Very steep.


RE: Rip off prices!
By jkresh on 9/5/2006 6:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
I would suspect that you bought an oem copy for the $140 and I would guess the Vista ultimate will be $199 for oem (upgrade for xp pro was $199 and oem was $140), so its not as big an increase as you are making it out to be (and ultimate has features that were not in xp pro (and some that were not in mce2005))


"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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